Located to the east of the French capital, Disneyland Paris offers the perfect short break for families looking for some Disney magic with offers and packages available to suit most budgets.
So we all know what Disney is and probably have ideas of what to expect from the park, but here we will explore some facts specific to the European little sister to the sprawling bigger brother in Orlando.
Disneyland Paris consists of two parks, Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios. These are conveniently located directly next to each other with the entrances right at the heart of the resort only a hundred or so meters apart. This makes it easy to move from one park to the other in the same day, assuming multi park tickets are held.
Disneyland park is the home of the iconic Disney Princess Castle and all the other things that traditionally come to mind when thinking Disney like parades, princes and princesses, thrilling rides, cartoon super hero’s and all the quaint and cute Disney fun you can imagine. Of the two parks this one is far more suitable for smaller children in the group with lots of areas dedicated to more traditional rides and lots of cuddly soft cartoon characters and princesses waiting to for a hug and a photo. Rides aside the park features a wealth of other entertainment including cinematic experiences, workshops, playgrounds, workshops, mazes, train rides and fun zones.
Walt Disney Studios is somewhat more intense and themed on the movie making industry. Right from the moment you enter the park you will be immersed in the movie making world with numerous interactive exhibits and attractions, explosive shows and behind the scene tours.
Feature Rides and attractions:
- Crush’s Coaster – Walt Disney Studios
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril – Disneyland Park
- RC Racer – Walt Disney Studios
- Rock `n` Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith – Walt Disney Studios
- Space Mountain Mission 2 – Disneyland Park
- Star Tours – Disneyland Park
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – Walt Disney Studios
On top of all these big thrill rides there are hundreds of smaller rides including Mad Hatter Tea Cups, Buzz Lightyears Laser Quest, Studio Tram Tour – Behind the scenes and many more.
Both parks have a large selection of restaurants serving up everything from Hot Dogs and Fries to sit down Barbecue and Tex Mex. Located all over the parks you will also find stalls, mobile sellers and food stands selling everything from ice-creams to popcorn. Snacks and sweets treats are also offered in abundance around the parks in the candy stores and souvenir shops.
For Entertainment and dinning when the parks are closed head to the Disney Village, again located at the center of the park and next to the hotels. The village offers restaurants such as Planet Hollywood, McDonalds, Starbucks, Billy Bobs Country Western saloon, The Rainforest Cafe and many more. For entertainment there is a multiplex Cinema, Arcades, Bowling alleys and the Buffalo Bills Wild West Dinner show.
The park has seven on-site hotels each with its own unique theme implemented to the highest detail and when you return from a long day at the park the magic is continued. Whilst there are many other hotels in the surrounding area, we believe your Disney experience is honestly not complete if you choose to stay else where, not forgetting the convenience of being able to walk to the parks in the morning ( free shuttle buses are also available ).
- Disneyland Hotel
- Disney’s Hotel New York
- Disney’s Newport Bay Club
- Disney’s Sequoia Lodge
- Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne
- Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe
- Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch
Deals: Disneyland Paris always has a deal on offer and if on the rare occasion it is not offering one just wait a few weeks and there will be one. Deals on offer are usually kids go free up to certain ages, free nights when you stay and play and free dinning. Often the best deals are available late in the year for bookings early in the next.
Getting to Disneyland Paris:
- Car: If your arriving via road the resort has a dedicated entrance road located at junction 14 on the A4/E50 highway.
- Eurostar/Train: The resort has its very own station ( Marne La Vallee ) located right at its heart with regular train links in and out from Paris via Eurostar and the French Rail provider SNCF.
- Bus / Coach: Regular bus links run from Paris to the park centre.
- Nearest International Airport:Charles de Gaulle ( CDG ). Located 22 miles by road from the resort.
- Price up the meal plans, these can offer exceptional value and keep the holiday budget under control.
- Use the fast passes allowing more time to enjoy the rest of the park.
- Don’t rush around, try to get in to the park early and stay late enjoying your time there.
- Dine at the hotel buffets for fixed priced dinning if not on the meal plans.
- The best value deals include hotels, dinning and park tickets so look out for these when on offer.
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